Uncompromising sápmi electro pop from Sweden
Through raising her voice, both on and off stage, Maxida Märak has become one of the foremost new sami artists over the last ten years. She is part of a generation which combines the need for political and musical expression.
Maxida is a joik artist, a rapper, an actor and activist – whatever the situation requires. She has been a strong voice in the protests against mining in the Kallak area in the Jokkmokk municipality in Lappland. Together with the Swedish Downhill Bluegrass Band, she recorded the album Mountain Songs and other Stories to raise awareness about the topic. The music she is most well known for, however, isn’t joik fused with traditional American bluegrass, but hip hop and pop. She is a hard hitting performer, touching upon both personal experiences and political questions.
Maxida Märak has come to Oslo World once before, in 2015. When she returns, she is part of a program which seeks to highlight urban indigenous populations. Maräk, who has lived both in Jokkmokk and Stockholm, expands our associations with joik and sami music through her performances. She surprises and engages with the audience – and she is an obvious choice in a year where these subjects are put front and centre.
This autumn she will release her first solo album and if it continues where the previous EP, Ärr, left off, there is every reason to be excited.